Monday, January 29, 2007

On a serious note:
I would like everyone to take a look at this clip and read the article. It reminds us why we should be aiming for sustainable design. Maybe we could challenge ourselves to come up with truly sustainable solutions when redesigning our school library.
(This link is expired now, April 08 2007)

Human-caused global warming is here: report
Updated Mon. Jan. 22 2007 11:35 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Human-caused global warming is here - visible in the air, water and melting ice - and is destined to get much worse in the future, an authoritative global scientific report will warn next week.
"The smoking gun is definitely lying on the table as we speak," said top U.S. climate scientist Jerry Mahlman, who reviewed all 1,600 pages of the first segment of a giant four-part report. "The evidence ... is compelling.".....

Global warming is "happening now, it's very obvious," said Mahlman, a former director of NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab who lives in Boulder, Colo. "When you look at the temperature of the Earth, it's pretty much a no-brainer."...

An early version of the ever-changing draft report said "observations of coherent warming in the global atmosphere, in the ocean, and in snow and ice now provide stronger joint evidence of warming."
And the early draft adds: "An increasing body of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on other aspects of climate including sea ice, heat waves and other extremes, circulation, storm tracks and precipitation."
The world's global average temperature has risen about 0.66 degrees Celsius from 1901 to 2005. The two warmest years on record for the world were 2005 and 1998. Last year
was the hottest year on record for the United States.
The report will draw on already published peer-review science. Some recent scientific studies show that temperatures are the hottest in thousands of years, especially during the last 30 years; ice sheets in Greenland in the past couple years have shown a dramatic melting; and sea levels are rising and doing so at a faster rate in the past decade. ...

As confident as scientists are about the global warming effects that they've already documented, they are as gloomy about the future and even hotter weather and higher sea level rises. ...

In 2001, the panel said the world's average temperature would increase somewhere between about 1.4 and 5.8 degrees Celsius and the sea level would rise between 10 and 89 centimeters by the year 2100. ...

"We have barely started down this path," said chapter co-author Richard Alley of Penn State University.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Hello Everyone,
I have had a few Ideas about how to further incorporate the library concept, name and a logo into the interior design of the library. In the Atrium the idea of, grass underfoot, came up. That would be a bit hard to maintain but what may work would be a natural stone mosaic design resembling the Brain mural. We could fill in some of the "brain matter" with creeping moss. We could have different types of creeping plants that are meant for things like garden walkways. Aromatic plants would have many good benefits. This would tie in with our Green Wall. The perimeter around the mural could be done in natural stone which would be leveled for obvious reasons. I will do a few sketches to post. I was also thinking that if we haven't come up with a logo for our "Sheridan Cortex"(see archives for details on library name) than maybe we could just shrink down the mural. All these elements will help to tie the two libraries together even though the interior layout may be different. I am going to follow this post with some off topic pics. I though these were some pretty cool lighting solutions by a design group called "Snow Crash".
Rolanda Williams

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Zine Library Proposal

Hey volunteers.

A project I would really like to dedicate myself to as a part of this development is the creation of a Zine Library at the Traflagar campus library.

For those of you who don't know, a zine is any piece of self published literature, usually in a magazine format. They come in a variety of sizes, and formats, cover an immensely diverse range of topics, and come from all over the world.

There are currently 4 known zine libraries in Canada. 2 in Ontario. One is in toronto and the other is located in a youth centre in Welland. This one I started approximately 4 years ago and it has proven to be extremely successful. Here is a photograph.

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My plan for the zine library includes the following. It is still in the rough stages of development and I would welcome any suggestions and opponions.

- The zines would be read in only. that is, you wouldn't be able to check them out, similar to reference material.

-Zines would be organized according to topic (personal, political, music, art, poetry, comics, etc etc etc etc) With larger collections (zine anthologies etc.) separately. There would also be a section for new arrivals and recommended zines which would rotate on a regular basis.

-Displayed similar to magazines. Considering other options. The varied size and shape of zines makes display somewhat difficult. Considering protecting zines in a way similar to comic books, however this does not allow for easy browsing.

-Zines would be protected against theft in the same way as books at the library with detectors, and stamped with the sheridan library stamp.

-Zine stock would rely on donations. I will initiate an on-going campaign requesting donations from zinesters and distributors. Fundraising is also an option. Considering having a few events a year to order zine stock.

-Library would have area for students to request certain zines from provided catalogues and flyers.

-Organization, adding new material, fundraising, and management of the zine library would be run by myself and a team of volunteers who are also interested in helping with the project. We would work on a rotating basis, in order to maintain the zine library.

-There would be a section for student made zines. My hope is that the library will inspire the many creative students we have to self publish. Eventually zine workshops could be run at the school or even the formation of a zine collective.

One important thing to note is that the zines won't be used by students for reference material for projects or anything like that (they may be, bt that is not their ultimate purpose). The purpose of having zines in a school is to inspire the students and even the faculty with the wide range of material available. Once you've seen a few zines you will know what I am talking about. It's hard to explain.

That's all I have right now. Please let me know your comments or if you would like to be involved. I am nto sure of a location in the library yet, or a set up and would need help with that perhaps from one of the interior design students.

Please note I already have a large collectio of self published literature that I am planing to donate as the base stock for our new zine library.

A post office box or some sort of mailing address or location will be needed for donations and zine orders to be sent to. Myself and other volunteer zine librarians shoudl have access to this mail location. Once this is established and set up we can begin promotion of the library and requests for donations.

If you would like to help with this project please contact me personally at

for more information on zines check out or just google search. If you would like to see some sample zines to get an idea what I'm tlaking about just email me and we can set up a meeting time at school.

Thanks and take care.


Friday, January 19, 2007

NOTE: **** One thing I’m proposing to the Library Services director is to have a “Hall of Fame” installed with all your names on it. Please forward your signatures (black marker on a sheet of white paper) to my attention at Trafalgar Library Services, Room C112****

Monday, January 08, 2007

Attn. Podcasters. Any of you out there? Or even if you're interested in podcasting.
We're thinking about distributing our own/Library Services content (video, audio, or both),e.g. research
tips and training, and maybe others'content, e.g. student reviews of resources via podcasts. Anybody like the idea or want to learn more?